Claudia Gimeno’s guest blog explores healthy eating at work. It is just as important to be active and sit correctly.
It can be hard to eat healthy when you work in an office environment. Sitting down for eight hours can make you feel tired and prevent you from enjoying regular, healthy, fresh meals. With a little planning and forethought, it is possible to work in an office and still live a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to eat healthy at work. These include knowing your health status , and some suggestions on healthy snacking at the desk.
1. Check your health status
Knowing your current health status is the best motivator to eat well no matter where you live. It can be very motivating to know if you need to lose weight or get more exercise, and if you should quit smoking. If you are looking to kickstart your health, how about assessing your health. Find out what a healthy BMI is and how to measure it based on your height and weight. This will help you decide if you should prioritise losing weight. Consider your drinking and smoking habits. These can be connected to work. Do you drink more with coworkers or at work events? You’ll be able to assess your health and determine what you can do to improve it.
2. Make a plan.
What can you do if you have a BMI that is higher than you think? How can you get started when you work a Monday through Friday job? Planning ahead is key to eating well in the office. It’s easy to grab something unhealthy at the office canteen, or from a sandwich shop if you just need a quick lunch. Instead, spend some time at home planning and preparing healthy meals that you can take with you every day.
3. Healthy snacks are always handy
You must also tackle snack attacks at work. Are you prone to feeling sluggish in the afternoon and reaching for sugar to get you up again? This is understandable. However, these little habits can add up. Keep healthy snacks in your bag for those times when you feel hungry. You can make your own dip by mixing raw nuts, fruit and crunchy vegetables.
4. Make healthy choices!
Lastly, even though you might be on your own personal journey to become healthier, it is likely that others in your office are doing the same. If you are a member of the office that is interested in healthy eating, why not advocate for healthier choices? You can be sure that many of your coworkers will also enjoy this option. You can also offer a healthier alternative to cake if you are inviting people over for a birthday celebration or other special occasion. These little things can make all of the difference.